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(2019)

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Continuity 

Numerous time in the film the animals walk from shade into sunlight without their eyes reacting.
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When Mufasa has to teach Simba a lesson it's still very light all around. By the time Simba walks up to him it's almost dark.
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Errors in geography 

As in the original film, South American leaf-cutter ants appear in Africa.
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An African gray parrot is seen hitching a ride on an elephant's tusk in the international trailer despite not being native to southern Kenya.
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Factual errors 

Technically a lion wouldn't be able survive on just bugs, no matter how much protein they have. Simba at some point realistically would have become malnourished and may have been forced to eat other animals.
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Rafiki's design seen throughout the promotional materials firmly establish him as a mandrill (as opposed to a baboon), resulting in him being very out of place as mandrills hail from the rain-forests of West Africa, as opposed to the East African Serengeti.
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Adult Simba roars atop Pride Rock, but the sound he makes is the typical Hollywood beefed-up roar rather than an actual lion vocalization. He also does the stereotypical wide-mouth yelling posture commonly associated with roaring, but actual full-blown lion roars are produced with the mouth in an almost closed position similar to a howling wolf. However, the roars used are NOT tiger roars, as is often stated. Tiger roars are actually higher-pitched than those of lions.
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Lions live in matrilineal prides, so Nala should've become the Lion Queen.
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When we see young Pumbaa in flashback, he is clearly modelled on a juvenile wild boar rather than a warthog.
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Rafiki's lithe appearance and dull colors make him more closely resemble a female mandrill,
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Lion prides are made up of related females and a few breeding males at most. Territories are passed down through the female line.
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Simba and Nala would never mate., Given the pride dynamics, there's no way that Simba and Nala aren't related. At the very least, they're cousins, but more likely they're actually brother and sister. So they wouldn't be feeling the love tonight.
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Zazu has a combination of features from different horn-bill species of the genus Tockus. His general plumage coloration resembles red-billed hornbills, specifically Tanzanian red-billed hornbills (Tockus ruahae), but his bill features a prominent casque which all red-billed horn-bill species uniquely lack, as well as being an orange-yellow color that is much more commonly found in both Southern and Eastern yellow-billed hornbills (T. leucomelas and T. flavirostris, respectively).
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A group of gemsbok (Oryx gazella) are featured in the first teaser trailer even though the species is only found in southwestern Africa rather than the East African setting of the story. The similar and related East African oryx, specifically the beisa oryx (Oryx beisa beisa), would've been a more appropriate choice.
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Timon being a meerkat flies pretty heavily in the face of the species' actual bio-geography given that meerkats are endemic to the Namib and Kalahari desert regions of southwestern Africa.
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The giraffes seen throughout the promotional materials, specifically resemble the Rothschild giraffe subspecies/ecotype.note Despite these giraffes presently only found in a select few protected regions of Uganda and western Kenya, their historical distribution was wider only a few centuries ago and possibly could've encompassed the Serengeti-Mara region proper alongside their cousins, the Maasai giraffe (G. c. tippelskirchi), which don't appear in any of the footage despite being the most common giraffe in the region.
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Adult lions never return to their birth prides. The only males that are allowed to stay around are those that are good breeders. In other words, that aren't related to everyone in the pack - as Simba would have been.
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The rhinoceros beetle featured in the main trailer is most likely intended to be a centaurus beetle (Augosoma centaurus) which are only endemic to western equatorial Africa.
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Female lions don't shrink in fear from hyenas, they tear them to shreds.
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Galagos (bushbabies) are strictly nocturnal in real life, but here are seen frolicking with Timon and Pumbaa in broad daylight.
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The horns on the gazelles are those of Thomson's gazelles, but their markings are closer to those of springbok (which are only found in southern Africa).
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During Scar's reign the Pride lands presumably suffers a drought. That being the case it would be impossible for the lions to live without water even for a few days.
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Newborn cubs aren't presented to the pride. While the filmmakers tried to make baby Simba more "realistic" in the new movie by adding blue to his eyes to indicate the blindness cubs are born with, the truth is lionesses seclude themselves with their cubs for at least the first six weeks of their lives.
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The gazelles have the horns of Thomson's gazelles, but their markings are closer to those of springbok, a species found only in southern Africa.
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As in the original movie, South American leaf-cutter ants appear in Africa.
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When we see young Pumbaa in flashback, he is clearly modeled on a juvenile wild boar rather than a warthog.
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The gazelles, despite having horns like those of Thomson's gazelles, more closely resemble springbok in their color and patterning. Springbok are only found in southern Africa.
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A pair of rollers are shown building a woven nest on a tree branch, even though real rollers nest in tree holes or cavities in termite mounds.
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Plot holes 

Scar's cover-up of his murder of Mufasa leaves a gaping hole, he sends Zazu to get the pride for help, and after the stampede, claims to the pride that he didn't reach the gorge in time to help Simba and Mufasa. Zazu is implied to have been exiled from the pride after Scar's take-over (given how the hyenas regularly try to eat him when he shows up), but considering Zazu still clearly regularly visited Pride Rock to relay information, it's a wonder how Scar's lie about not being able to make it to the gorge didn't get exposed by Zazu.
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The pride doesn't come to Simba's defense when he confesses responsibility for Mufasa's death, even after he says it was an accident that happened when he was a cub, and Scar backs Simba to the cliff of Pride Rock and gloats to him about the look in Mufasa's eyes before his death. Whereas in the original this was a more private conversation the others didn't hear, in the remake, once Simba turns the tables on Scar, Sarabi asks how Scar saw the look in Mufasa's eyes if he didn't make it to the gorge in time, proving that it wasn't a private conversation. If Sarabi could hear Scar admit he was lying, why didn't she try to step in sooner?
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